Beef With Rice Noodles (Kway Teow)

"This is a dish which is extremely popular in Singapore. It is a real comfort food to me."
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  • Slice beef THINLY against the grain.
  • Mix the beef with all the seasoning ingredients except the sesame oil and canola oil.
  • Leave the beef to marinate for 20 minutes; then add the sesame and canola oil.
  • Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil in a wok, stir fry the chives and bean sprouts till they are SLIGHTLY limp. Set them aside.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok; till hot and NOT smoking, sauté the garlic till crispy and golden (NOT BURNT).
  • Add rice noodles and stir fry for about 4 minutes till lightly browned.
  • Set the noodles aside.
  • Heat remaining oil in wok, add beef, remaining marinade and ginger slices.
  • Stir fry beef till colour changes.
  • Add rice noodles and bean sprouts, stir fry till everything is well coated.
  • Serve hot.

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  1. sugarpea
    I can see how this makes a great comfort food. Love those noodles. I, too, wanted twice the sauce. I can't get the Chinese chives w/out a lot of hassle so I used scallions. The beef was terrific, well spiced and tender. Very, very good dish. I am confused about the amount of noodles though. Converted, the recipe calls for 21 ounces-that's a lot of noodles for 3 servings. I got by with 8 ounces and there's enough left for two more servings. I'm guessing the 21 ounces applies to fresh noodles and COOKED dry rice noodles.
  2. Miraklegirl
    It was a dark and stormy night... so I didn't feel like traipsing out to find chinese chives- used scallions. Also, the grocery store was out of beansprouts so I subbed some sliced mushrooms. The whole thing tasted amazing! Served with some sriracha sauce for a delicious, comforting meal in one. Thanks!
  3. Merlot
    Wonderful, wonderful. What a great find this recipe is. I too made this with dried noodles but can't wait to try it again using fresh. I followed Hey Jude's comments and doubled the seasonings. This is a great chance for me to use my Chinese chives that I have growing in a pot on my kitchen window sill. A wonderful dish, Kitchen Maniac.
  4. Hey Jude
    Delicious!! I made this as written using dried rice noodles but will use fresh next time (would have used them this time but my store didn't get their delivery). Also, I doubled the seasoning amount because we like things 'soupy'. Add the optional Chinese chives, if you can get them, they really add a nice flavor. This is my favorite dish at our local Chinese restaurant and I'm so happy that I can now make it at home. Thanks so much KitchenManiac, you've done it again! Thanks for posting this recipe.
  5. Anonymous
    This recipe is easy and taste AMAZING absolutely love it and so does my sister


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